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Tens of Thousands Expected at Eat Real Festival in Oakland

Fresh and handmade foods are the highlights of the festival, with dishes costing no more than $8. Admission is free.

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    Tens of Thousands Expected at Eat Real Festival in Oakland
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    File image of crowds at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland's Jack London Square.

    Affordable organic, local and sustainable dishes will be available to the tens of thousands of people expected at the multi-cultural Eat Real Festival in Oakland this weekend.

    The festival, which is in its eighth year, gets started at 1 p.m. Friday at Jack London Square at the foot of Broadway and wraps up at 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Fresh and handmade foods are the highlights of the festival, with dishes costing no more than $8, according to organizers. Admission is free.

    Organizers said the atmosphere is part state fair, part street food festival and part block party celebrating good food.

    At the festival, visitors can watch live cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs and get tips on topics such as home coffee roasting and raising chickens.

    Organizers are bringing more than 70 food trucks, booths and carts as well as live music to the festival.

    Children will be able to learn about preparing food, planting seeds and how growing food is linked to the export of California produce through the Port of Oakland, the event's sponsor.

    On Friday, the festival goes until 9 p.m. It opens again on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., closes at 9 p.m. and opens on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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